Press Release | 01 July 2021



Rio de Janeiro, 1 July 2021 – Svitzer, leading global towage provider and part of Maersk, has today announced that it has added the ports of Pecém and Suape to its Brazilian footprint and operations, thus reaching an important milestone in the growth strategy for Svitzer Brazil and Svitzer Americas.

Svitzer has been operating in Brazil since 2015 and has since solidified its presence in the south and southeast of the country, building a thriving business serving and supporting customers across five ports. Now, Svitzer Brazil takes the next important steps in its exciting growth journey by entering the ports of Suape and Pecém in the northeast of the country. To service the customers in the two ports, Svitzer is deploying two powerful ASD tugs to each port – all four built recently in Brazil and fitted with cutting edge equipment.

Commenting on starting operations in Suape and Pecém, Daniel Reedtz Cohen, Managing Director Svitzer Brazil said:

“I am very pleased that we are now able to add Suape and Pecém to our Brazilian footprint – this is a major milestone in our Brazil expansion strategy. The majority of our customers are multinational and multiport customers that appreciate towage operators that are the same and so by improving and expanding our port coverage, we can cater even better to our customers’ needs and support their growth ambitions.”

The expansion in Brazil is an essential element in realising Svitzer Americas’ growth ambitions and strategy to further strengthening its presence and position in the region. As a leading global towage provider, Svitzer brings high safety standards as well as global presence, experience and financial resilience to the table along with in-depth regional and local knowledge – all to the benefit of the customers.

Commenting on Svitzer Americas’ growth ambitions, Arjen van Dijk, Managing Director Svitzer Americas said:

“We are firmly committed to the Americas with operations in 12 countries and we see significant growth potential in the region within both harbour and terminal towage, which are our main segments. As a global and regional operator, we will pursue these opportunities to expand our footprint in selected countries and ports. Brazil remains a key market for us and we are determined to continuously turn our presence, knowledge and skills into value for our customers across the country”

Headquartered in Panama, Svitzer Americas employs 835 people and operates more than 80 vessels, delivering marine services to global and regional customers across 12 countries.


For further information, please contact:

Berit Vincentz Andersen

Communication Partner

T: + 45 30629113